What goal is behind the Facebook platform Ability4Refugees?
The Ability4Refugees platform wants to provide auxiliary means for refugees with disabilities. Here, people can post the auxiliary means they no longer need and primarily refugees who need resources can indicate their needs. In doing so, the platform creates a "marketplace" where supply and demand for auxiliary aids and services required by refugees meet – provided that the resources are free of charge.
How can people specifically help at Ability4Refugees?
Arnade, Mohn: People who want to help others can post an ad on the publicly available "Ability4Refugees" platform on Facebook by writing in German and/or English and describe the auxiliary mean they are offering and post a picture, if applicable.
The auxiliary aids exchange is divided into three categories: 1. Ability4Refugees Living, 2. Ability4Refugees Mobility and 3. Ability4Refugees Communication. Each of these three categories features a subpage. This is where you can post about the respective auxiliary means, for instance, wheelchairs, walkers, white canes, hearing aids, leg splints, therapy chairs, rehab buggies. Interested parties (refugees, refugee helpers and accommodations but also clerical assistants from government agencies who want to help) can research what products are available and get in touch with people. But they can also post an ad on their own to find what they are looking for and urgently need.